SOUTH WEST AFRICANS ON TRIAL FACED WITH POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCES
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
The trial of 37 South West Africans in a South African court under the newly-enacted Terrorism Act and the Suppression of Communism Act ranks in importance with the famous South African "Treason Trials" and the Rivonia Trial. It also is uniquely important because, by asserting its legal jurisdiction in this case, South Africa is defying the United Nation's declaration of responsibility for the administration of South West Africa. South Africa's jurisdiction was historically founded on the League of Nations mandate system which granted to South Africa mandatory power over the former German colony. But on October 27, 1966, the U.N. General Assembly adopted Resolution 2145 terminating this mandate. Some of the accused are members of the Executive Committee of the nationalist South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) including Mr. Nathaniel Maxuiriri, Acting President; Mr. John Otto, Acting Secretary General; and Mr. Jason Mutumbulua, Secretary of Foreign Affairs; in addition to the Regional Secretary of the North, Mr. Toivo Ja Toivo. The report asks people to contribute to the Africa Defense and Aid Fund and to write to Arthur J. Goldberg and Dean Rusk. [Note: Toivo’s name is often spelled Toivo ya Toivo.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive